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Video in the Classroom

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

In the grand scheme of things, YouTube hasn’t been around long.  Videos used to be much harder to come by.  Now, in a matter of just a few seconds, pretty much any video about just about any topic can be accessed on the World Wide Web.

This technology has been a great benefit to education.  Each passing year, more and more professors are incorporating video into lectures.  This is great because it helps keep students’ attention by providing variety.  I sometimes find my attention drifting during a long lecture, but when visuals such as videos are used, it puts me back on task.

Sometimes words don’t quite capture what a video does.  The cliché “a picture is worth a thousand words” definitely applies here, except a video is multiple pictures and often has sound, so that would make it worth several thousand words.

I have had very few classes that did not incorporate video into the learning process in some way.  It is great that professors are able to do this because adding different types of media to the curriculum is helpful to students of all ages.

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How did you know I like DnB music and Persian food?

January 23, 2010 1 comment

Nowadays, anyone who is interested in finding out more about you can easily “google” you.  You may be surprised at what they find.

The first day of my strategic communications class (a fancy word for social media), my instructor had put together a power point presentation with a slide on each student in the class.  The slides contained information she gathered from the internet through various social networking sites.

When she got to my slide, it said that I like DnB music and Persian food.  At first I had NO IDEA how she possibly could have found out that information.  It turns out she had somehow found some comments from years ago that were on my MySpace page!

I made the natural migration from MySpace to Facebook along with everyone else and I pretty much stopped maintaining my MySpace account.  After class I looked myself up to see what dirt I could find on myself.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t presenting myself how I would like to be seen.

Here are a few suggestions for maintaining your personal brand:

  • Use appropriate default photos that reflect you positively
  • Set privacy settings for accounts you prefer others outside your network to see
  • “Google” yourself every now and then to see what others find when they look you up

Remember that you are in control of your online image.  If you have friends who have posted pictures or information that does not support the image you are trying to maintain, ask them to remove them.

Finally, it is better to have some information about yourself online than none at all.  Happy branding!

Here is an interesting video of Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library discussing social media and branding.  (Warning: Video contains some colorful language.)